GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Darke County was a man who was a patient at a Greenville skilled nursing facility where at least nine others have tested positive.
Signs are posted on the front door of Greenville Health and Rehabilitation to stop visitors from entering. Kenneth Daily, executive director, told 2 NEWS it was a policy put in place more than two weeks ago as just one of several changes that were made before any symptoms were reported.
“My directors of nursing have worked with me through the month of February and March,” he said. “We continue working with staff on hand-washing technique, donning and doffing of protective equipment.”
Regardless, COVID-19 still made its way into the facility.
According to Darke County health officials, 10 residents of the facility have tested positive. They are still awaiting the results of four other residents and one staff member who had also been tested.
The 76-year-old man who died early Monday morning was receiving hospice care for a longtime illness, Daily said.
Another 76-year-old man waiting on his test results died last week after suffering apparent cardiac arrest, Daily added.
Right now, 12 to 15 staff members are showing symptoms and were tested Monday, Daily said.
“I sent a couple more people home today because they did have some symptoms, so the vast majority are not working,” he said.
Daily described the symptoms shown by residents and staff members as “mild,” adding that no one from the facility has been hospitalized.
The patients who tested positive or are suspected to have the virus have been isolated from all other residents, Daily said, and only a few staff members are allowed to be in contact with them.
“Early last week, I set up a quarantine unit of 25 beds that is actually separated by a barrier,” Daily explained.
Darke County health officials told 2 NEWS they are checking in on the facility every day.
“Making sure that they have proper PPE, making sure that the ill patients are separated from the well patients and making sure no ill staff are working,” said Emily Hoisington, director of nursing for the Darke County General Health District.
Staff members are keeping residents separated from each other as they closely monitor sick patients and try to conserve protective equipment, Daily said.
“We have all the PPE we need right this second, but we could certainly use more,” he said. “We need N95 masks. We need gowns.”
Darke County officials told 2 NEWS they are hoping to receive the staff members’ test results within the next few days.
Aside from the cases affiliated with Greenville Health and Rehabilitation, two other people in Darke County have tested positive for COVID-19, and neither of those patients has been hospitalized, according to public health officials.
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